iOS Music Apps Roundup: October 2016

This iOS Roundup features five impressive iPad music apps from Spencer Salazar, Wolfgang Palm, Pioneer DJ, Reactable Systems, and Melodics.

Music Apps

Auraglyph | Handwritten Computer Music Composition and Design

Spencer Salazar, a doctoral student at Stanford CCRMA, has revealed Auraglyph, an audio software programming, composition, and design system for iPad that lets you draw modular synth patches with either a stylus or multi-touch input. Users can draw a variety of audio and control nodes as well as interconnections between them. These nodes are further parameterized by handwritten input, from simple numerals to time and frequency-domain signals. In addition, machine learning-based handwriting recognition is used to analyze the user’s stylus strokes, affording a rich vocabulary of symbolic input. Additional nodes are available for creating conventional input/output interfaces, such as on-screen knobs and sliders and MIDI I/O.

Auraglyph is ‘Coming Soon.’ Read more at CCRMA Stanford


Phonem | Vocal Synthesiser

PPG Phonem by Wolfgang Palm is an iPad recreation of the VST/AU plugin version that lets users create expressive vocal synthesis. With its advanced routing system, a variety of sound manipulation controls, and built-in text to speech tool, you can control and modulate every aspect of the voice in any conceivable way. Although the PPG Phonem was originally designed to do just vocal synthesis, it turned out that the system was also capable of producing a wide range of universal synthesizer sounds. PPG Phonem also comes with 500 presets and a modulation matrix, allowing 19 sources to control 40 parameters for creating some wild sounds.

Read more at Wolfgang Palm


WeDJ | DJ Performace Suite

WeDJ by Pioneer DJ is a DJ performance app that makes it easy for anyone to start mixing music on an iPad. Using the colorful animated interface, you can control the tracks in your iTunes playlists and use a variety of features and FX to add creativity to your sets. WeDJ’s interface is designed to look like a two-channel hardware set-up with waveforms, jog wheels, play/cue buttons, tempo sliders, and a crossfader. You can use the Sync button to get your tracks perfectly in time and Auto Gain to automatically set the volume to the right level, leaving you free to use the performance features including Hot Cues, loops, Pad FX, and Combo FX to make your mix unique. There’s even an Automix feature, which seamlessly mixes in the next track before the end of the track that’s playing. And to take your WeDJ performances to the next level, you can connect Pioneer DJ’s new DDJ-WeGO4 controller for tactile control of the app’s features.

Read more at Pioneer DJ


ROTOR | Tangible Modular Music Synth

ROTOR by Reactable Systems is the new app that turns the iPad into a complete music performance suite. ROTOR incorporates dozens of interconnectable modules that include a variety of instruments, audio effects, modulators, and controllers designed for live interaction and performance. ROTOR also comes with automatic real-time key detection and time stretching algorithms that allow for samples, loops, and sequences to stay not only in sync but also in harmony with each other. Moreover, ROTOR can be used in combination with any other compatible music apps as well as flawless integration with Ableton Link and other Ableton Link compatible iOS apps running on other devices.

Read more at Reactable Systems


Melodics | Pad Controller

The Melodics Pad Controller is an intuitive app that aims to teach you finger drumming. When used to control the Melodics desktop app, it acts as a fully-fledged MIDI Pad controller, letting you play over 200 lessons from huge artists such as DJ Jazzy Jeff and many others. When not connected, you can choose from four built-in lesson kits and practice your beats anywhere. Melodics can also turn your iPhone or iPad into a pad controller that can be used in your live performance or DJ setups.

Read more at Melodics


Logic Pro Producer Certificate Program

Master Logic Pro X with our complete program. You’ll get a comprehensive overview of the composition process in Logic and create a portfolio that includes a collection of original tracks, a remix entered in an active remix contest, a re-scored scene from a film, and sound effects and music for a video game.

About This Program

In this program, you will develop the technical and creative skills needed to write and arrange music in Logic Pro X. You’ll create unique sounds using synthesizers and samplers, and learn how to mix and process those sounds with Logic’s vast array of effects. You’ll begin by creating a series of short sketches which are then developed into a portfolio of arranged and mixed tracks over the course of six levels. You’ll also create a remix, enter an active remix competition, score a scene from a feature film, and add music and sound effects to a video game. This program will help you develop and express your creative voice as an artist while teaching you the skills necessary to create the music you imagine.

What’s Included

  • Logic Pro Level 1: Shake Hands with Logic
  • Logic Pro Level 2: Completing Your First Track
  • Logic Pro Level 3: Mixing Essentials
  • Logic Pro Level 4: Sound Design & Instrumentation
  • Logic Pro Level 5: Advanced Composition & Production
  • Logic Pro Level 6: Taking Your EP Global

Additional Information

Visit the Logic Pro course page for detailed information on this program here.

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